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Thank you to @HardcoverHearts for her readalong which encouraged me to finally read this masterful but hefty book. It had lingered on the TBR for far too long! Donna Tartt‘s love of Dickens is evident in this coming of age story. Exciting start in NYC where much of the book takes place. Not a fan of the Vegas chapters. Hobie and Boris are favorite characters. Did not like the glorified use of drugs and alcohol throughout. #readyourownbooks

Kaila-ann This one is still on my TBR. 2mo
DivineDiana @Kaila-ann So many books! The movie coming out was another incentive! 2mo
wen4blu I really need to read this one! 2mo
DivineDiana @wen4blu It‘s a chunkster! 😉 2mo
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The University of Pennsylvania Libraries has organized a region wide series of cultural events to celebrate Walt Whitman‘s 200th Birthday. Perfect timing to read this book of poetry that has been waiting patiently on my shelves. #readyourownbooks

ValerieAndBooks I have a very fragile antique copy of this — should get a reading copy! 4mo
DivineDiana @ValerieAndBooks That sounds lovely! I did not expect this book to contain such an abundance of poems. It is nearly 500 pages. I will be reading this one for some time! 🙂 4mo
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Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Redheadrambles What's the plan @ReadingEnvy are you reading the entire list ? Any standouts ? I am super happy with this list over and above last years ;) 2y
ReadingEnvy @Redheadrambles I'm going to at least try every book. I can get my hands on everything but the Mozley so might order from the UK once it's out. How about you? I agree the list has more appeal than many years! 2y
Redheadrambles @ReadingEnvy well I am still recovering from the fact I have even read 3 being the snail to your hare ... but if I set aside August I probably will try for ExitWest / Autumn / Res13 and then see what else stands out and or makes the short list 2y
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Marchpane @Redheadrambles @ReadingEnvy I've only read two but plan on reading at least 4 more.... no way will I be touching 4321 with a barge pole tho 😆 2y
ReadingEnvy @Redheadrambles Autumn is a book I've been saving... For autumn! So will have to read it early. 2y
ReadingEnvy @Marchpane yeah I do not foresee loving the Auster as I've never finished anything by him, but I'll try. 2y
vivastory Auster is interesting, because I have the sneaking suspicion that my favorites would be lesser known works like "Timbuktu" & "As the Weird World Rolls On" 2y
Marchpane If you love, love, LOVE it @ReadingEnvy I might be persuaded to give the Auster a chance but ~900 pages is a lot! 2y
Billypar Not to get off on a side track but, @vivastory As the Weird World Rolls On........ What is this? When I googled it, it brought me to quotes on page 148 of Man in the Dark, but is this a story of his, or essay or something? 2y
vivastory @Billypar You're right. I meant "Man in the Dark." I like "Weird World Rolls On" more as a title 2y
Redheadrambles @Marchpane @ReadingEnvy I have never tackled a Paul Auster. I have him vaguely in my American male too hard basket along with Saul Bellow and Thomas Pynchon but this might be unfair... however if either of you say it's worth it I might consider it ... 2y
ReadingEnvy @vivastory great titles! 2y
ReadingEnvy @Redheadrambles and I think this is my issue... There is "too hard" and "trying too hard" and tbh I've places Auster in the latter whether or not he deserves it. 2y
Billypar @vivastory Oh ok- I never read MITD, but it looks like that quote is from a fictional poem the characters are discussing. I feel like making that the title of a new novel would be a definite Auster move ☺ 2y
Billypar @Redheadrambles The nice thing about Auster is you don't have to struggle to get through a page like you might with someone like Pynchon. He has a few works that have more postmodern qualities but most are like stories told simply but have a mysterious or philosophical feel. I would start with Mr. Vertigo, Leviathan, or The Brooklyn Follies. 2y
JenP @Redheadrambles I hate Bellow with a passion but really liked the Auster book. I found 4321 pretty accessible but it is true that every sentence is meticulous created 2y
JenP @Billypar absolutely! His was my feeling reading 4321. Perfectly crafted sentences but at heart easy to read and connect with. 2y
Billypar @JenP I've never been so excited to read so long a book- 4321 will probably be the longest I've ever read- glad to hear it was good! 2y
JenP @Billypar I highly recommend tabs or page markers. I found it useful to flip back to certain sections to orient myself. I hope you like it! 2y
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This is the first book finished for the #slaythatseriesreadathon and I stayed up way too late. This series is fun and steamy. TDK is book #6 and I think it was better than the last one. Riley, half-werewolf/half-vampire, has matured a little and is coming to terms with being a guardian and her new abilities. Quinn, her former vampire lover is back, which pleased me. ☺️ #Litsyatoz #readyourownbooks

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So my #readyourownbooks gig is underway for the summer, but I'm stuck in some personal hell of not being able to pick which book of mine to read first. HELP ME. PLEASE. Throw me a genre, a letter, anything. I iz stuck. I just want to read 😫

jpmcwisemorgan Is Wool a dystopian book by any chance? My landlord keeps talking about such a book and she says it's good. 2y
Libby1 Historical fiction. Starting with the letter G. Good luck! 😃 2y
bitterbear Wool 2y
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LizzyM Bottom left shelf, fourth book up. Sorry - this happens to me all the time. Sucks. 2y
Johanna414 When this happens to me, I just grab a random stack of 3 or 4 books. Then read the first chapter of each. Usually one will catch my interest enough that I can't put it down. Decision made. (edited) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Historical fiction!!! 2y
MicheleinPhilly Where'd You Go Bernadette. Cause you can think about Cate. 😉 2y
queerbookreader @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @libby1 guys I own all of one single YA historical fiction novel that I've already read like 80 times omg I don't read historical fic 2y
queerbookreader @MicheleinPhilly Already read it 🙋🏻 2y
queerbookreader @jpmcwisemorgan Nooooo idea, all I know is that there's also a graphic novel adaptation 2y
bitterbear @Johanna414 I like that 😊 2y
silentrequiem Wool! So much love for Wool! 2y
silentrequiem @jpmcwisemorgan It is dystopian and post-apoc. So good! 2y
ReadingEnvy Wool looks daunting but goes by fast. 2y
LauraBrook I'll say far left case, top shelf, the stack behind the ones in front, either the 12th from the left, or if they're stacked like the front is, then the middle stack 2nd from bottom. 2y
Hooked_on_books I vote for Wool, too. It's fantastic! 2y
jpmcwisemorgan Wool it is then! 😉 @silentrequiem I plan to read it one day but I'm off my dystopian/post-apocalyptic kick and on an urban fantasy or god(s) kick. 2y
silentrequiem @jpmcwisemorgan Also good genres! 👍 If you haven't read it already, May I recommend Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn? 2y
jpmcwisemorgan @silentrequiem I have not, I'm adding it now! Thanks. 2y
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Victorious | Jack Campbell
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See this shelf? Notice how there are no books on it? That's because it is my library book shelf and I HAVE OFFICIALLY RETURNED ALL OF MY LIBRARY BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It took me literal months lmao BUT I DID IT and now I can ~finally~ start #readyourownbooks for the summer! I'm so excited omg I have so many books to read I can't wait to read them all. @SaturnDoo check me out I am finally successful. It's go time

DGRachel Good for you!!! 2y
LeahBergen Yay!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
LauraBeth Awesome! 🎉🎉 2y
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AJBowers This is my goal, but I keep checking things out. 2y
queerbookreader @AJBowers it took a lot of time and a lot of repeat failures to do so don't worry about it. I personally cannot read my own books while I have library books out so I had to completely cut myself off from the library. You might have better luck with moderation than me 😂 2y
moranadatter I'm proud of you! It took me forever to get down to one book at a time. 2y
Smangela 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I'm not allowed to read ANYTHING but the books I have checked out right now 😳 you're inspiring 😂 2y
emtobiasz Best of luck to you! This has been my goal-- to work on the books I own-- for so long, but I work in a library. Not checking things out is really hard. 2y
Bookzombie I'm doing the same thing this summer! 👊🏻 2y
queerbookreader @Bookzombie Join me with the tag I made if you want!! It's #readyourownbooks best of luck! 2y
queerbookreader @emtobiasz Ooof, that would be hard working in a library. Whenever I walk in I have to check out all the new books and then the comics. That usually messes me up. Like today! 🤗 2y
queerbookreader @moranadatter @Smangela Thank you both it was hard and painful work but it happened 2y
Bookzombie @lemonlime799 Thanks! I will use it! 2y
kspenmoll Congrats! Recently I had to return 2unread library books. 😱I love our library- so decided to be reasonable & try & limit myself to 2. I am a mood reader, not organized at all in what/how I read. 2y
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